Exploring the Venetian Villas, the Dolomites and nature parks
hree intense days for three exclusive itineraries constantly accompanied by expert guides so you can fully appreciate the beauty, culture and landscape, from the plains to the hills to the highest peaks of the Dolomites. And in the evening complete relaxation: aperitif by the pool, excellent dinners and a walk in Mirano, one of the most peaceful and captivating places in the Venetian area.
- Day 1 — Arrival
- Day 2 — Riviera del Brenta
The Riviera del Brenta
The whole-day itinerary follows the course of the Naviglio and takes you to the historic centre of Mira with its movable bridges and hydraulic locks as far as Dolo with its ancient mill and squero. It then crosses the doors of a villa and its gardens into an ambience of bygone times.
Villa Culture so-called began in the sixteenth century and found its utmost expression along the Riviera del Brenta originating from Venetian aristocratic rural hospitality, which is today so appreciated by tourists from all over the world.
- Day 3 — Park of the Colli Euganei
The Regional Park of the Colli Euganei
What makes the Colli Euganei unique is the unique richness of medieval villages, castles, villas, to which one should add wine cellars and oil mills, located in a natural environment of incredible variety.
The different legs of the route in the Regional Park of the Colli Euganei include:
- The landscape defined by cultivated land, villages and perfectly conical profiles of the hills of volcanic origin;
- Arquà Petrarca: the second most beautiful village in Italy and one of the best preserved medieval cities (visit of the House of the great Italian poet, Francesco Petrarca. Taste of the famous Giuggiole Broth).
- The Benedictine Abbey of Praglia, as told by one of the 39 monks living in the monastery and a visit to the herbalist shop that includes beekeeping, cosmetics and viticultural products.
- Volcanic Wines and the Wine Route.
- Day 4 — Dolomites
An excursion to explore one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and learn about its natural environment, beautiful landscapes, and its human inhabitants’ activities. For centuries the Dolomites of Cadore were a rich reserve of raw materials for Venice: wood for boats, precious minerals for coins and armaments, and stone for palaces and other buildings. Every year almost 3,000 rafts descended along the river Piave loaded with these materials and competed to assure the Serenissima its glories and splendour.
- Visit the Vajont dam and the small villages of Erto and Casso. Water and energy are presented as the keys to the visit to the Vajont Valley, tragic testimony of human errors.
- Break at Lake Misurina, the largest natural lake in Cadore at 1,754 m a.s.l.
- Visit to Cortina d’Ampezzo, renowned for hiking and winter sports, located in the valley that was the terminal basin of an ancient quaternary glacier.
- Day 5 — Departure
Here are the SlowVenice Partners you will meet during your travel experience with us:
Villa Patriarca is the ideal residence to reach some of the most interesting destinations in Veneto.
Villa Patriarca is a hotel Villa that still reflects classic Venetian style and taste. The hotel comprises the central building (consisting of the original villa, with 25 rooms and the restaurant) and the new area (built in 2010, consisting of a further 25 rooms).
Villa Patriarca is surrounded by a large garden with centuries-old trees and a large lawn area in front of the entrance, while inside it offers an intimate garden with outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, poolside bar service, tennis and five-a-side football courts to satisfy all those who love sports and relaxation.
Its location makes it a place of tranquillity in an elegant and welcoming environment.
Villa Patriarca is connected to the city of Venice by a convenient bus service (every 20 minutes) and is only 7 km from the Riviera del Brenta, known all over the world for its Venetian Villas.